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The Institute for Sustainable Communities works with government, nonprofit and private sectors throughout the world to make communities more sustainable and to find climate solutions.

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The Institute for Sustainable Communities works with government, nonprofit and private sectors throughout the world to make communities more sustainable and to find climate solutions.

    Climate-Smart Recovery from COVID-19: Advancing a New Normal for India’s Cities & Industry

    Climate-Smart Recovery from COVID-19: Advancing a New Normal for India’s Cities & Industry

    In Part 1 of ISC's COVID-19, Climate Change, and Communities webinar series, Dr. David Nabarro of the World Health Organization and Nisha Desai Biswal of the U.S.-India Business Council discussed the impact of the pandemic on Indian businesses and communities and what is necessary for a people-centered, climate-smart recovery. They spoke about integrated approaches, the role of the private sector, a new leadership paradigm, and accountability for equitable solutions.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Deep Dive: Net-Zero Cities in China

    Deep Dive: Net-Zero Cities in China

    Regardless of domestic issues and tensions with the United States, China will play a significant role if we hope to stay below the 1.5​° tipping point agreed upon in the historic Paris Agreement.
    The country has made major commitments and promising strides in reducing emissions, but the economic slowdown and worsening trade war are risking a relapse.
    We sat down with ISC’s Urban Director in China, Dr. Pan Tao to discuss ISC’s work to power through the potential the slowdown by:
    Grounding city plans with science-based approaches
    Building buy-in by providing cities with approaches that generate revenue
    Accelerating city implementation by providing technical assistance
    Listen below or subscribe to the Sustainable Communities Podcast Network here!

    • 14 min
    What's Possible E.4: MIT CoLab Director Dayna Cunningham

    What's Possible E.4: MIT CoLab Director Dayna Cunningham

    What's Possible: With Jonathan LashEpisode 4: Dayna Cunningham
    In this episode of What’s Possible, Jonathan speaks with MIT CoLab Executive Director Dayna Cunningham. They discuss how the CoLab works with communities to co-create solutions driven by community insight and innovation, and supported by MIT’s technical expertise.
    This type of partnership reflects recognition of “hopeful contradictions” in the underserved communities they work with – tackling issues and challenges from a place of community strength and wealth and challenging the notion of starting from a place of assumed deficit.
    This results in leadership from a framework of care and stewardship rather than exploitation and extraction.
    An example of this Dayna and Jonathan discuss is the Green New Deal, which aims to tie climate, justice, and prosperity together. This approach envisions climate stewardship as a driver of prosperity, and recognizes the need to center frontline and vulnerable communities in the new paradigm.
    What's Possible With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

    • 19 min
    What's Possible E3: Author Jonathan F. P. Rose

    What's Possible E3: Author Jonathan F. P. Rose

    What's Possible: With Jonathan LashEpisode 3: Jonathan F. P. Rose
    As the world rapidly urbanizes, answering the question, "what makes a successful city" is essential to making livable, equitable, and healthy places which do not harm the environment.
    Jonathan F. P. Rose has spent much of his life seeking to answer that very question. He shared insights gleaned from research, travel, and his own experience building green affordable and mixed income housing in the 2017 work The Well-Tempered City.
    In this episode of What's Possible, Rose shares:
    The elements of a well-tempered city.
    The story of a city's evolution from the most dangerous in the world, to one of the most sustainable.
    What it'll take for cities to become sustainable, empathic places. 
    What's Possible With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

    • 20 min
    What’s Possible E.2: Fmr. EPA Head and Harvard C-CHANGE Director Gina McCarthy

    What’s Possible E.2: Fmr. EPA Head and Harvard C-CHANGE Director Gina McCarthy

    What's Possible: With Jonathan LashEpisode 2: Gina McCarthy
    In this lively episode of What's Possible, ISC's Board Chair Jonathan Lash sits down with former EPA Administrator and Director of Harvard's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). 
    In 20 minutes, they cover:
    The direct link between climate, health, and equity, and why all must be addressed simultaneously. 
    The critical shift in the climate movement to a community-need based approach, which ISC pioneered.
    The rise of renewable energy – why it is here to stay. 
    And more!  
    What's Possible: With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

    • 22 min
    What's Possible E.1: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

    What's Possible E.1: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

    What's Possible: With Jonathan LashEpisode 1: Kristalina Georgieva
    ISC's Board Chair and former World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash sat down to interview her for the first episode of his new podcast What's Possible (produced in partnership with ISC).
    What's Possible is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month.
    Throughout her career, Georgieva has focused on designing and financing sustainability, resilience, and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. She also served on the ISC board of directors from 2001 to 2005. In this episode of What's Possible, she shared some locally-led promising projects and initiatives being funded by the World Bank, with the goal of mitigating emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

    • 21 min

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